Richard Wilson

Obituary of Richard S. Wilson

Wilson, Richard S. “Dick” July 6, 2019 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of Dale (nee Kiel) Wilson; devoted father of EvaLynn (Basil) Yurcisin, Richard S. (Teri) Wilson, Jr., Kimberly (Michael) Clements, and Robert (Leslie) Wilson; loving brother of Dr. George P. Wilson, III; also survived by 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends received on Saturday from 12 Noon – 3 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919, where funeral services will immediately follow at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Company P.O. Box 82 Hamburg, NY 14075, (716) 649-1753. Please leave online condolences at


Richard (“Dick”) was a great man who loved his family and worked hard. Originally from Pittsburgh, he was the second son of George and Eva Wilson. He was the father of EvaLynn, Richard Jr., Kimberly and Robert and loving husband of Dale.

He met his wife on a blind date in Philadelphia set up by her cousin.  Richard was a Korean War Veteran who enlisted and spent time stationed in Ethiopia as a First Lieutenant in the US Army. He was a strong man and survived many things. During his tour he and Dale managed to survive a plane crash in Saudi Arabia while on his way to Ethiopia. He also survived a severe automobile accident many years later in Hamburg.

His house was known as the “Halfway House of Hamburg” due to his generosity and the fact that many of his children’s friends liked to hang out at the Wilson house.  Dick and Dale were also involved in “Buffalo World Hospitality”.  They would have foreign students stay at the house with them under any circumstances whether related to school break or global conflict. Richard was married to Dale for 63 years and attended Penn State University where he received a bachelor’s degree of Metallurgy and had a career at Bethlehem Steel from which he retired in 1982. He also was a member of the Penn State Diving Team, an avid golfer, a coach for Hamburg Little League Baseball, and Hamburg Little Loop Football. Richard was also an ardent bridge, backgammon and cribbage player and he hated to lose. He was an active participant in the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Rescue Squad.  He was dubbed the “Old Rookie” because he was the oldest person to ever start at the department.

Every day you might find Dick at a Tim Horton’s for coffee or the Legion Post for pull tabs and a beer. He enjoyed the thrill of the win.   He also marched in many of the Memorial Day and Fireman Parades in Hamburg. Richard will be dearly missed by his family, friends and loved ones.